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StayFocusd

By Transfusion Media Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jul 29, 2010

StayFocusd is a Google Chrome extension that helps Internet procrastinators focus on their work instead of browsing copious amounts of time-wasting material. This add-on is useful when you want to limit how much time you spend on a particular Web site, or even the entire Internet. StayFocusd is customizable and intuitive--it's simple to create detailed Web-surfing guidelines--but beware: this extension is harsh; make sure you really want to block your sites.

After downloading the add-on, a round blue icon will show up on the right-hand side of your address bar. While you are on the site that needs blocking, click this icon and click "block entire page." Make sure to set the time limit for this page (length of your viewing allowance until the site is blocked) by clicking on the settings link. The circular icon will then turn red, and every time you click on it a timer will be counting down until the time you say goodbye to your time-wasting page.

The many different ways that Stay Focused can be customized includes the option to turn it off on specific days, hours, and a specific time when the tool will be reset. It is possible to enable certain subpages of Web sites while blocking the rest of them. These options, as well as the configurable list of allowed/blocked Web sites, are all available when you click on the Settings link. Once you select this link, a new tab will pop up with these options. If you are denouncing the Internet for its capacity to distract you, there is a Nuclear option, which will block the entire Web after a time limit of your choice. If you are not this extreme, you can choose to block all Web sites other than your allowed sites.

This add-on is very unforgiving. Once a site is blocked, you will not be able to access it until the next day. Neither is there a reverse button for the nuclear option. When you try going back to a blocked site, this message appears: "Shouldn't you be working?" And not only does it guilt you, there is another message asking for a donation.

For all of the unappeasable details, there's a pretty extensive FAQ section available (which you can get to by clicking on the Help link) once you've downloaded the add-on. Use StayFocusd if you are tired of spending aimless amounts of time indulging in the crooks and crannies of the Internet instead of working.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.12

General

Release August 16, 2013
Date Added August 16, 2013
Version 1.3.12

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Google Chrome Beta Channel

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Total Downloads 9,435
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend browsing time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time for the day has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day. It is highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, or even specific pages.